All hail ship number 31: The R9-DH3 Concert Master.
This series contains some of my favourite designs, mostly due to them all having a fucking massive gun mounted on them. The Concert Master is the pinnacle of the group, which is characterised by having the same basic beam shot: a massive horizontal beam that lasts for ages.
Yeah, a fucking fuge beam. BZZZSSHHHHEEEEEOOOOWWWWW.
For later ships, it’s twice the height of the vessel and discharges for LIKE 15 SECONDS.
I should point out that the previous ship I reviewed, the Northern Lights, is part of a subset of this group but doesn’t have a fucking massive gun. it’s got a wicked blaster-type-thing, but it’s one of two ships in a series of something like nine, so it doesn’t really count.
The massive laser guns, however, do.
The Concert Master fetishises this continual-stream-of-death aesthetic beyond the expected boundary. Even though the beam is about three times the height of the ship, it seems that the development team had run out of extra ideas for making huge laser beams look wicked. To make up for it, they made sure the motherfucker plays a note when it discharges its beam shot.
The beauty is that it plays a different note for each of the beam’s four loops. DONNNNNNNNG. Then DUNNNNNNNNG, a few notes higher. We can only hope that R-Type Final Ultimate on the PS3 supports a two-player mode so that we may all play tunes with the biggest laser in the game as we battle the evil Bydo empire together. Fuck that, let’s have 16-player and it’ll piss all over Band Brothers - EVEN THOUGH WE CAN ONLY PLAY FOUR NOTES.
Biggest laser = megayes
I selected its parts many times.